EU authorities said that Greek and Spanish police have arrested 17 people suspected of smuggling baby eels worth some €10 million (US$ 10.6 million) from the EU to China this year.
Thai authorities said Tuesday they have seized 422 pieces of ivory elephant tusks and arrested a Gambian national suspected of smuggling the illegal wildlife product worth some 17 million baht (US$ 482,406).
Hong Kong authorities said Monday they have seized more than one ton of shark fins in the past two months.
Turkish police busted a human trafficking ring Friday, detaining 23 alleged traffickers suspected of smuggling migrants from Turkey to Europe, local media reported.
Belgrade prosecutors have Wednesday asked a court to approve additional charges against Serbian drug lord Darko Saric for using fake documents to acquire a Croatian passport in 2007, according to the Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) in Serbia.
A jury in New York found two relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro guilty on Friday of attempting to import 800 kilograms of cocaine into the United States.
Italian police said on Thursday that they seized an estimated US$ 84 million worth of highly pure cocaine tied to buoys floating in the sea. The drugs were suspected to have been thrown overboard from a ship that was later intercepted while sailing into the Calabrian port of Gioia Tauro.
Prosecutors in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday accused an Italian journalist of faking an investigative report that purportedly showed him purchasing weapons from arms smugglers in Sarajevo.
A joint European police operation has led to the seizure of more than three tonnes of hashish off Italy’s coast, dealing another blow to a Polish-led criminal network that has been under investigation for two years, Europol said Wednesday.
British authorities intercepted a fishing trawler off the southwest coast of England on Thursday, finding more than a tonne of cocaine and arresting three men, the country’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
Spanish police said Wednesday they had dismantled an Albanian-Bulgarian network smuggling heroin and other drugs from the Balkans and Turkey to the cities of Barcelona and Tarragona, arresting seven members of the group.
The chief of Bulgaria’s border police and his deputy have resigned after reports that the police had granted a contract for transporting migrants to a company linked to a suspected people smuggler.
State prosecutors have indicted a Bosnian man and six associates on allegations they smuggled dozens of firearms from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Serbia and Germany.
Balkan “Cocaine King” Darko Saric’s 20-year prison sentence for smuggling tons of cocaine from South American countries to Europe has been annulled on May 25 and a retrial was ordered, according to a Friday press release at the Belgrade Appeals Court.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a near total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African ivory by limiting imports, exports and sales across state lines.
Two men sailing a yacht filled with cocaine from the island of Curacao and intercepted by authorities off the UK coast were sentenced to prison last week, the National Crime Agency (NCA) wrote.
In the inaugural launch of the World Wildlife Crime Report, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and its partner organizations have identified that virtually every country plays a role in wildlife trafficking - but not a single one of them is the source of more than 15 percent of global seizures.
Following a major crackdown on an international drug trafficking group in Greece on May 9, the Albanian opposition Democratic Party (DP) has accused the interior minister of protecting the alleged leader of the group, whom Greek media has dubbed the “Escobar of the Balkans.” “Escobar” is, according to the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), a former regional director of transport services who served as part of the Transport Ministry until last week.
Georgian state security services said Monday they’ve detained six suspects for allegedly trying to sell radioactive uranium-238 for US$ 200 million, local news site Civil.ge said.
Turkish authorities have captured a vessel carrying more than 13 tons of marijuana that was reportedly meant to be distributed to European countries, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) news portal.
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